Most adults have had to use braces in their teen years. Significant behavioral and physical modifications occur during adolescence, and such changes include general body growth, increased self-consciousness, choices of music and clothing, among several others. Most teenagers use braces or other orthodontic appliances, and there is a reason for this.
At about age 11-13, all the temporary teeth would have been replaced by the permanent ones. This period is the best time to treat or correct any dental issues. Dental problems such as improper teeth alignment, malocclusion, irregular teeth spacing are best managed at the adolescent age.
At this age, though all the permanent teeth are already in place, they are not yet fully developed. Any correction needed can be achieved with ease. This advantage of early treatment is the reason why most teenagers make use of orthodontic appliances.
The older you become, the more difficult it is to treat orthodontic problems. At adolescence, the body is still in its active developmental phase, and this is the best time to correct or address any orthodontic issue.
With the use of such appliances as standard braces and palatal expanders, better teeth function and appearance is attained in a short time. It is challenging and costly to treat dental conditions when the bones of the jaw and face become fully developed.
Apart from the treatment aspect to getting an orthodontic procedure, you can meet your classmates or even make new friends while going through the treatment process. In the end, you will have an improved smile and feel better about your teeth.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
The type of treatment you need will determine what to expect during your orthodontic procedure. Images and X-rays of your mouth, and also impressions of your teeth, usually are taken during your first appointment.
All this information is used in making a model of your bite and also in developing a treatment plan. Elastic and inelastic braces, as well as specialized appliances, can be employed in the treatment. Some orthodontic appliances usually used include:
Clear Braces: These types of braces are easily unnoticed as they blend in with your teeth. They are made from ceramics or composite materials and are adequate for different situations. They are more expensive than regular braces.
Clear Aligners for Teens: These consist of detachable transparent plastic trays which slowly straighten teeth the more you use them. In the past, they were only recommended for adults but now comes with a compliance indicator making it appropriate for teenagers too. This type of braces is typically invisible when worn.
Other orthodontic appliances: In situations where a substantial tooth or jaw movement is required, other types of orthodontic appliances will be appropriate. Whether they are small devices to be worn inside the mouth or external headgear – they are temporary, you’ll get used to them, and the provide great benefit for just a short amount of use.
How Long Will I Wear Them?
There is no fixed period given for you to wear braces. It depends on an individual and the type of treatment offered. Generally, orthodontic treatments last between 6-30 months. After completing your orthodontic treatment, there will be a significant improvement in your smile.